A/b: 2004 Touareg V8

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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: sup44

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I’ve had it for a little over a year.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: It’s the first Touareg in the States known by Vortex members to have a front-retractable LCD and DVD player, PS2, and X-Box. Another Vortex member copied my LCD and DVD design and installed it in his T-reg a couple months ago. I helped.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Mass functionality.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: OEMplus

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: I installed all the mods myself and alone, except the keyless start. A fellow vortexer and his dealership helped with that one.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: The multiple functional electronic mods.

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: The retractable LCD and DVD/MP3 player.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: Other Vortex members inspired all of the mods.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: The CD-based OEM Nav system is very inferior to what is available in other vehicles.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: The OEM Navigation.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: I’d say an “8”, since it seems as if it can always be better.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I’d modify the engine with a turbo system.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: Some Vortex members didn’t see the point in a front-viewable LCD for the DVD.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: They absolutely love it.

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: I’d say PA due to some of its long roadways.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Any day I wake up to find snow-packed roadways. I enjoy driving to the mountains for some snowboarding and not having to worry if the T-reg can handle the roads – then playing the X-Box or PS2 game to warm up for the slopes, and afterwards, driving back home in the fast line while feeling like I’m going 55…

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: About 95% of the time I drive it, and my wife drives it the other 5%.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Mod now – enjoy later.” (I started modding the first week after I bought the T-reg.)

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: It’s name is TRex.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: Keyless start.

Q: What is your next project?

A: As soon as it is available, remote start.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Electric.

Owner Information:

Name- Mark Brink

Address- Montville, NJ

E-mail- mbrink44@yahoo.com

Occupation- IT Project Manager

Club Affiliations- Just Vortex.

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2004

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Touareg

Mileage- 30K first year.

Original Color- Off Road Grey

Engine- 4.2 V8

Engine Modifications- None

Exhaust Modifications- None

Transmission Modifications- None

Suspension Modifications- None

Brake Modifications- Red Calipers

Wheels and Tires- 18” Continentals

Exterior/Body Modifications- Rackless; red calipers; stainless trim pillars; aftermarket hitch and hitch trim (goal is to keep the exterior very simple – keep it looking like a bullet)

Interior Modifications/Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Retractable front LCD; glovebox DVD/MP3 player; hands-free phone system; sub woofer dash power button; inputs for iPod or laptop in dash; XM Roady system; hard-wired Valentine V1 radar detector; rear passenger A/V inputs for karaoke or any rca A/V source; 2 IR headphone for use with retractable LCD system; 10” self-power sub in rear hatch compartment; X-Box and PS2 hook ups in rear hatch (install and remove as needed – X-Box and PS2 are controlled via wireless 900mhx control box with controller located in the glove compartment); aftermarket dead pedal and emergency brake pad;DVD, XM, and LCD are controlled by a universal remote

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